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November-December 2009
Vol. 72, No. 2

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Three-Dimensional Integrated Circuit Design
By Eby G. Friedman and Vasilis Pavlidis
Morgan Kaufmann, 2009
The book coauthored by Friedman, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rochester, is the first book on 3-D integrated circuit design, offering a comprehensive discussion of the technological and design aspects of the emerging design approach.

Programming Language Pragmatics (Third Edition)
By Michael L. Scott
Elsevier, 2009
The third edition of the book by Scott, a professor of computer science at Rochester, provides an updated look at the fundamental principles of major contemporary programming languages, including new chapters and revisions to reflect recent changes in the field.

Smallpox: The Death of a Disease
By D. A. Henderson ’54M (MD)
Prometheus Books, 2009
Henderson, who became the chief of the smallpox eradication unit for the World Health Organization in 1967, tells the story of the successful 10-year international effort to eliminate the disease, and the lessons it provides for present and future struggles against global epidemics.

The Designer’s Guide to Jitter in Ring Oscillators
By John A. McNeill ’91 (MS) and David Ricketts
Springer, 2009
In the book intended for engineers working in analog and digital integrated circuit design, McNeill, an associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, explains fundamental sources of uncertainty in applications such as microprocessor clocks and communication systems.

Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails)
By Matt Young ’62, ’67 (PhD) and Paul K. Strode
Rutgers, 2009
Young, a senior lecturer in the department of physics at the Colorado School of Mines, advances an argument in favor of evolution and against creationism and intelligent design, drawing a distinction between science and “pseudoscience.”

Holy Warriors: The Religious Ideology of Chivalry
By Richard W. Kaeuper
University of Pennsylvania, 2009
Rochester professor of history Richard Kaeuper explores the tension between the ferocity in battle and the devout Christianity that the medieval code of chivalry demanded from its knights.

War, Revenue, and State Building: Financing the Development of the American State
By Sheldon D. Pollack ’74
Cornell University Press, 2009
Pollack, the director of the legal studies program at the University of Delaware, argues that the public finance system crafted during the Civil War and resurrected in the 20th century, was a key component of the transformation of the United States from a loose confederation of states to a global superpower.

Resurrecting the Brother of Jesus: The James Ossuary Controversy and the Quest for Religious Relics
Edited by Bernadette McNary-Zak ’88 and Ryan Byrne
University of North Carolina, 2009
The collection of essays edited by McNary-Zak, an associate professor of religious studies at Rhodes College, brings together scholars in Jewish archaeology, early Christianity, and American religious history, to examine the popular and scholarly responses to a historical forgery.

Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom
By William M. Anderson ’63E, ’65E (MM) and Joy E. Lawrence
Schirmer Books, 2010
Anderson, a professor emeritus of music education at Kent State University, offers a 25th anniversary, eighth edition of the landmark textbook, the first to demonstrate how music can be integrated throughout the elementary school day. The new edition includes sample lesson plans emphasizing songs and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical periods.

Yiddish Yoga: Ruthie’s Adventures in Love, Loss, and the Lotus Position
By Lisa Grunberger ’88
Newmarket Press, 2009
The book by Grunberger, an assistant professor of English at Temple University and a yoga instructor, tells the story of Ruthie, a recently widowed Jewish grandmother who receives a year of yoga classes from her granddaughter to help her grieve.

Electromagnetic and Optical Pulse Propagation (Volume 2)
By Kurt E. Oughstun ’79 (PhD)
Springer, 2009
Oughstun, a professor of engineering and mathematics at the University of Vermont, presents the second volume of a two-volume, graduate-level text in electromagnetic wave theory. Some of the work that became the second volume originated with Oughstun’s dissertation as a graduate student at the Institute of Optics.

What to Do When a Loved One Dies: Taking Charge at a Difficult Time
By Steven D. Price ’62
Skyhorse Publishing, 2009
Price offers a practical guide for the grieving, including tips on planning memorial services, burial or cremation, dealing with financial and legal matters, and obtaining grief counseling. Price also is the author of The Quotable Billionaire (Skyhorse, 2009).

Gerontological Nursing (Second Edition)
By Patricia Tabloski ’89N (PhD)
Pearson Education, 2009
The text by Tabloski, an associate dean of graduate studies at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, offers an evidence-based resource for those giving care to older people in a variety of health care settings.

The End of Money and the Future of Civilization
By Thomas H. Greco Jr. ’66S (MBA)
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2009
Community activist Greco explores the changing nature of money over the past three centuries, arguing that money has become a political instrument that centralizes power and impedes popular government. The book includes designs for alternative local, regional, national, and global financial systems.

Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity
By Tim Kasser ’94 (PhD) and Tom Crompton
Green Books, 2009
Kasser, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., suggests strategies, based on psychological research, to mobilize the public more effectively to change unsustainable environmental practices.

For Better, For Murder
By Lisa Pierson Bork ’86
Midnight Ink, 2009
Set in an exotic car showroom in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Bork’s debut mystery novel features car saleswoman Jolene Asdale, whose career and life are derailed when a body falls out of her showroom’s Ferrari.

Heart Murmurs—Poems
By John A. Vanek ’74M (MD)
Bird Dog Publishing, 2009
In a full-length poetry collection, Vanek weaves recollections of friends, patients, and family into an examination of longing, lament, and love.

Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future
By Barbara J. Berg ’65
Chicago Review Press, 2009
Drawing on a variety of sources, including advertisements, reality television shows, scientific research, and interviews, journalist Berg argues that sexism has not disappeared but has adapted to a changing American culture.

Health and Medicine on Display: International Expositions in the United States, 1876–1904
By Julie McGraw Brown ’66 (MA)
MIT Press, 2009
Brown, an independent scholar and research associate at the National Museum of American History, examines how international expositions, the primary media events of their day, framed issues and innovations in health and medicine.

However Tall the Mountain: A Dream, Eight Girls, and a Journey Home
By Awista Ayub ’01
Hyperion, 2009
Born in Afghanistan and raised in the United States, Ayub tells the story of the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, a nonprofit organization that she founded after the 2001 ouster of the Taliban dictatorship to introduce soccer—along with teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence—to Afghan girls.


Sirius Respect
By the Respect Sextet
Mode/Avant Records, 2009
The improvisational group that includes Josh Rutner ’03E, James Hirschfeld ’03E, Eli Asher ’02E (MM), Stephen (Red) Wierenga ’02E, Malcolm Kirby ’02E, and Ted Poor ’03E, performs music of Sun Ra and Stockhausen.

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